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Through Their Eyes

A Community History of Eagle, Circle, and Central

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

Through Their Eyes

A Community History of Eagle, Circle, and Central

The towns of Eagle, Circle, and Central are tucked away in the cold, rugged, and sparsely populated central-eastern interior of Alaska. These communities have fewer than three hundred residents in an area of more than 22,000 square miles. Yet they are closely linked by the Yukon River and by history itself.
Through their Eyes is a glimpse into the past and present of these communities, showing how their survival has depended on centuries of cooperation. The towns have roots in the gold rushes but they are also located within the traditional territories of the Hän Hwëch’in, the Gwichyaa Gwich’in, and Denduu Gwich’in Dena (Athabascan) peoples. Over time, residents have woven together new heritages, adopting and practicing each other’s traditions. This book combines oral accounts with archival research to create a rich portrayal of life in rural Alaska villages. Many of the stories come directly from the residents of these communities, giving an inside perspective on the often colorful events that characterize life in Eagle, Circle, and Central.

210 pages | 30 halftones, 2 maps, 2 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2018

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

History: General History


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Reviews

“Combines oral-historical and archival sources in histories of three central-eastern Alaskan communities.”

Chronicle of Higher Education

"The authors have....made effective use of archival, oral, personal papers, and published works to frame the three communities and the interactions between the region's indigenous peoples and settlers."

Alaska History

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